THIRTY DAYS OF THANKS AND GIVING. DAY 27: PEANUT POWDER Until a few months ago, I didn’t know that peanut powder was something you could buy in a grocery store. My son participated in a clinical trial that used oral immunotherapy for his peanut allergy. He was given very calculated measurements of pharmaceutical grade peanut … Continue reading PEANUT POWDER


THIRTY DAYS OF THANKS AND GIVING. DAY 19: CARWASH CONTROL I absolutely love going through the carwash. I have a monthly no limits victory lap membership for a couple of reasons. One, I live out in the country where the driveway is always either dusty or muddy. Two, I have a black car. My husband almost … Continue reading CARWASH CONTROL


Towns across America, large and small, have a certain electricity in the air during football season. I work at a small school district in a small town. Friday Night Lights begins when the first bell rings on Friday morning. Our players walk the halls in their jerseys. The Cheerleaders gather in the library to make … Continue reading SIGNS OF VICTORY


Substitute teaching is not for the faint of heart. I wear my cocky little LHS Faculty ID like a badge of courage… even though they chose the prank photo that has Michelle Boen’s fingers making bunny ears behind my head. I kissed being taken seriously goodbye a long time ago, but seriously; the bunny ear … Continue reading MRS. BOEN’S MISSING MARKERS   


Tonight was the last game of the Jr. High season. Coleman is officially part of the Sr. High football team now. Along with the other ninth grade players, he has been invited to join the afternoon practices. It is the arrival of the ninth grade athlete. The passing of the pigskin from a bonded brotherhood … Continue reading THE SENIOR LINEUP


This week I subbed for Mrs. Brown’s Oral Communications classes. Earlier in the year, her students had written topics on slips of paper and deposited them into Mrs. Brown’s tub of topics.  Now they had to draw a topic and write an intro for a speech. No “redraw”, no trading. They had to write their … Continue reading MRS. BROWN’S TUB OF TOPICS